Technology company Hitachi Europe, vehicle OEM Mitsubishi Motors and energy storage firm Engie have demonstrated an electric vehicle as a battery concept during a project in the Netherlands, Hitachi announced on March 29.
The project is exploring the potential for EVs to act as an energy storage system that can store excess power from a building’s power source to be discharged later on to the grid or in an emergency situation.
Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV vehicle is connected to Engie’s office building in Zaandam by Hitachi’s bi-directional V2X Charger, which can charge an EV or discharge the energy back into the building/grid providing different flexibilities including kW, kWh and VAR (volt-ampere reactive).
The project’s next goal is to examine how EVs, renewable energy and management systems can be developed to create microgrids that can interact with a Building Energy Management Systems.
Ram Ramachander, chief digital officer at Hitachi Europe, said: “Our technology can help create new business cases across the EV value chain, including vehicle to grid technology, which enables flexibility with their energy distribution. “
Earlier this year the UK government announced a £30 million investment in low carbon vehicle technologies.
The 21 projects will include eight feasibility studies, five research and development projects and eight real world V2G trials by a cross section of 80 companies along the entire value chain.
Last month, a three year project to advance the UK’s EV charging infrastructure by developing V2G technologies was announced by the EV-elocity consortium made up of industry and academic partners.
The consortium will analyse battery usage data to develop a model of how battery degradation occurs in an EV pack within a V2G context to underpin new methods of optimizing a vehicle’s battery system.
In January ESJB reported how UK distribution operator UK Power Networks had launched four vehicle-to-grid projects to demonstrate how EVs can be used for peak shaving and possibly deferring reinforcement costs.
The projects will use smart chargers and software algorithms rather than AI or block-chain technology.
The V2G projects selected by Innovate UK will use funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.